Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor.
Dr. Mimi Secor DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years. She is a sought-after national speaker and consultant who has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets. Dr. Mimi is also a fitness and health advocate, is passionate about helping women to lose weight and feel great, and is the author of the newest book, Healthy & Fit at Any Age: A Guide to Creating Mindset, Nutrition, and Exercise Habits for Busy Women.
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Keeping Fit & Healthy Over 70:
Many assume that older people can’t get healthy and fit and stay healthy and fit. This is a myth. Dr. Mimi started her current health/fitness journey when she was 59 and now, I am 67 years young. She lost 30 pounds and 12 inches from her waist and has maintained this nine years later. Dr. Mimi started weightlifting, doing consistent cardio exercise, stretching, eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, and reducing stress. She is happy to report that she feels better than ever.
challenges That come with staying healthy at 70+
- It is easier to stay healthy as we get older if we were healthy over our lifespan. But it is also possible to improve our health even over the age of 70. I ramped up my health at age 59 and continue to improve my health at age 67 now.
- Challenges include not having like-minded, same-aged peers to socialize with and be motivated by. We may find over the years that our family and friends are more sedentary as they age which can create peer pressure to do the same.
- Another challenge is dealing with our aging bodies. Older people are more likely to have orthopedic issues, like hip and knee pain, shoulder and back pain, and mobility issues. Difficulty bending, getting down on the floor, and back up can be significant challenges.
- The issue of “gym-timidation” is also more of a problem as we age. Many older adults especially women are hesitant to go to the gym because they think only fit/young folks will be there. That can be intimidating. They may also not have any idea how to use the various machines, both cardio and weight machines. That can be intimidating. What will they wear to the gym, especially if they are overweight? And what will people think? That can be very intimidating.
- Some seniors may feel that being healthy and fit is for younger people. They may not think it is possible for them to get healthier and more fit. These are self-defeating assumptions.
- Seniors may also not have optimal eating plans/ diets, and this can make working out more challenging and even be associated with increased fatigue and increased risk of injury during exercise.
- Older people may also not be well hydrated and that can impact how they feel and how well they tolerate exercise.
Healthy Habits Start With Mindset
- It is important to be able to deal with stress in a healthy way rather than relying on junk food, alcohol, and other unhealthy habits like negative thinking/complaining and blaming others/life circumstances as a coping mechanism.
- Try giving yourself extra self-care rather than less. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress. When we practice consistent self-care, no matter what, we can cope with stress better and are less at risk of ‘crashing and burning.” We are also less likely to suffer from the ill effects of yoyo dieting (weight loss followed by weight gain).
Examples of Good Healthy Habits
- An example of a good habit to establish early on is weightlifting. Doing so could prevent future back pain as well as offer other benefits such as posture, hip, and knee pain, and can also aid in boosting confidence and having a more positive mindset.
- Another healthy habit to establish sooner is stretching earlier in life. We become stiffer as we age and that can lead to a range of health problems including a great risk of orthopedic problems like back, hip, and pain.
- I also meditate when I stretch and that has helped me feel less stressed (especially during the pandemic) and more centered. It’s a package deal. The more healthy habits we consistently adopt the greater the benefits we can expect.
The earlier in your life you adopt consistent healthy habits the more your health will benefit—body, mind, and spirit. You will be less at risk for developing chronic health problems, weight gain, and a myriad of mental health problems, and your relationships will probably improve as well. Good health is the greatest gift we can give ourselves.
Interview: Dr. Mimi Secor
Dr. Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health for 40+ years and more recently, Health and Fitness. She is a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. Dr. Secor and her daughter, Pro Body Builder and Health Coach, “Coach Kat,” run a business helping stressed-out professionals become healthier, more confident, and successful. She is the author of the #1 International bestselling book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age, and the newest title: Healthy & Fit at Any Age: A Guide to Creating Mindset, Nutrition, and Exercise Habits for Busy Women.
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